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Voice of the Masses: Has Linux won the Unix wars?

Back when the GNU project began in the mid 1980s, and the Linux kernel in 1991, there was plenty of competition amongst commercial Unix vendors. SunOS, AIX, IRIX, HP-UX, Trux64, Ultrix, Xenix… The list went on. Over the years, however, many have ceased to exist or have gone into long-term “maintenance” modes. Now there are rumours that Solaris could also suffer the same fate, which poses the question: has Linux won the Unix wars?

We’re not just asking if Linux has become more popular than all other Unix-like operating systems – that’s a fact. But has Linux come out on top because of technical superiority, its FOSSyness, or somthing else? Or have most of the other Unix variants faded away due to unrelated factors? We’ll be recording our next podcast early next week, so let us know your musings in the comments below and we’ll read out the best. Oh, and extra points for digging out info on especially obscure Unix-like OSes too…

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